Broadway Returns to Bass Performance Hall!

Broadway Returns to Bass Performance Hall!

Performing Arts Fort Worth Announces 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass Season 

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 10, 2021) – Broadway shows are returning to Fort Worth as Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today the 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season. The six-show series features many of the titles that were previously scheduled prior to COVID-19, as well as a newly added hit show direct from Broadway. Current 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season ticket holders have until June 21 to renew and keep their seats. New season tickets go on sale July 15. Patrons can sign up for the new season ticket waitlist now by visiting www.basshall.com/waitlist.

The season kicks off in October with COME FROM AWAY, the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Just in time for the holiday season, CATS returns to the Bass Hall stage in an all-new production.

Called a “cultural phenomenon” by the LA Times and winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Making its long-awaited Bass Hall debut in January 2022, The Washington Post calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”

The season continues into summer 2022 with a trio of standouts – a reimagined production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival; in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns with a new mesmerizing production creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring; and direct from Broadway, the 2021-2022 season concludes with MEAN GIRLS. Featuring a book by Tina Fey, MEAN GIRLS is “by far the funniest musical of the year!” (Chicago Tribune).

HAMILTON, rescheduled to January 18-February 6, 2022, is a season add-on. Tickets for the original June 9-28, 2020, dates will be honored for the new dates. Tickets are not on sale at this time. There will be a separate exchange and on-sale window to be announced at a later date. Patrons that purchase new 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season tickets will have pre-sale access to secure tickets to HAMILTON. No action is necessary for current ticket holders who purchased their tickets through the Bass Hall website, www.basshall.com, or Bass Hall Box Office. Those who purchased tickets through third parties will need to contact their points of purchase.

Performing Arts Fort Worth also announced today that the highly anticipated return of Disney’s THE LION KING will be part of the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass season. 2021-2022 season ticket holders that renew their seats for the 2022-2023 season will have priority access to THE LION KING.

“Today marks an important milestone as we look ahead and prepare for an exciting 2021-2022 season,” said Performing Arts Fort Worth President & CEO Dione Kennedy. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring back many of the shows that had been scheduled prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as add a new show into the mix. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Bass Hall this fall, and our top priority is providing a safe environment to enjoy live theater together again. We will continue to follow CDC and industry health and safety guidelines as we refine our reopening plans with leaders in science, technology, and medicine. Our goal is to be able to present full-capacity performances by the time our Broadway season starts in October.”

Performing Arts Fort Worth is currently in conversations with other local arts organizations to plan reduced capacity, socially distanced performances in Bass Hall this summer in preparation for the new season starting this fall. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

To view the latest health and safety protocols that will be in place when Bass Hall reopens, please visit www.basshall.com/reopeningplans. Performing Arts Fort Worth will continue to update and adjust Bass Hall’s reopening plan protocols as COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

Broadway at the Bass six-show season ticket packages start at $231. A four-installment payment plan is also available to both renewing and new season ticket holders. Season tickets can be renewed through June 21, and new season tickets can be purchased beginning July 15, online at www.basshall.com and by phone at 817-212-4450. The Performing Arts Fort Worth box office continues to work remotely. Renewing or joining the waitlist online is the quickest and easiest way to secure season tickets.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season are not available for purchase at this time. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

The 2021-2022 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON

COME FROM AWAY – October 19-24, 2021

CATS – November 16-21, 2021

DEAR EVAN HANSEN – January 4-9, 2022

HAMILTON – January 18-February 6, 2022 (season add-on)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! – June 21-26, 2022

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – July 12-17, 2022

MEAN GIRLS – July 26-31, 2022

Disney’s THE LION KING (returning in the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass season)

For additional show information, please visit www.basshall.com.

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at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas, on July 16th and 17th. The shows mark the trio’s first appearance at the venue. Country music newcomer Jameson Rodgers will open the show on July 16th.

Over the course of their decade-plus career, Lady A has become one of the 21st century’s
premier vocal groups, blending deeply felt emotions with classic Country sounds. While
ushering more than 18 million album units, 34 million tracks sold and nearly five billion digital
streams, the trio recently earned their 11th career No. 1 with the multi-week and GOLD chart
topper “Champagne Night.” Additionally, the trio earned the biggest first week streams of their
career with their critically acclaimed No. 1 album OCEAN (BMLG Records). Known for their 9X
PLATINUM hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a Country group, they
have earned CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year trophies three years in a row and countless
other honors including five GRAMMY® Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice
Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Tony Award nod. The trio recently announced details for
their newly formed LadyAID Scholarship Fund, supporting students attending Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, and were honored with an invitation to become members of
Country’s longest standing musical institution in January – the Grand Ole Opry.

 

 

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 14th at 10 AM and can be purchased online at billybobstexas.com or by phone at 817-624-7117.

House Band on the Honky Tonk Stage at 8:00 PM
Showroom: Lady A at 10:00 PM | Jameson Rodgers at 9:00 PM (July 16)
Tickets: $125-175 Reserved Seats / $40 General Admission

May Concert Lineup:

MAY 14 – Thomas Rhett
MAY 15 – Thomas Rhett
MAY 21 – Gary Allan
MAY 22 – Gary Allan
MAY 28 – Kody West
MAY 29 – Aaron Watson

June Concert Lineup:

JUNE 04 – Travis Tritt
JUNE 05 – Joe Nichols
JUNE 11 – Brantley Gilbert
JUNE 12 – Brantley Gilbert
JUNE 18 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
JUNE 19 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
JUNE 25 – Shenandoah & Collin Raye
JUNE 26 – Ramon Ayala

For the full concert calendar, special event and visitor information, please go to www.billybobstexas.com 

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Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

June 27–September 5, 2021

 

FORT WORTH, TX – The Kimbell Art Museum presents Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, on view June 27 through September 5, 2021. Co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Asia Society Museum, this exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of sculptures, bronzes, ceramics and metalwork that John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978) and his wife, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992), thoughtfully assembled between the 1940s and the 1970s.

With highlights including spectacular Indian Chola bronzes, impressive Southeast Asian sculptures and exquisite East Asian ceramics, the exhibition reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Comprised of masterpieces drawn from Asia Society’s permanent collection, this visually stunning presentation illuminates social and artistic histories from across Asia and underscores the visual arts’ capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue.

“We are thrilled to welcome this extraordinary collection to Fort Worth,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “The breadth and diversity of works representing many cultures across Asia are a testament to the Rockefellers’ vision of promoting cross-cultural understanding and respect—a charge that remains important and relevant today.”

This exhibition also represents a special opportunity for museum visitors to experience the unparalleled quality of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection outside its home at Asia Society Museum in New York City. In addition to investigating themes of Buddhist sculpture, Hindu sculpture and East Asian ceramics and metalwork, the show examines the Rockefellers’ connoisseurship as well as their collecting and exhibition practices in an age when political and economic circumstances shaped the reception and availability of Asian artworks in the United States.

Superlative Works on View

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society is the fifth exhibition of Asian art at the Kimbell Art Museum in the last 20 years, following the recent exhibitions From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection (2018) and Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection (2014).

“Every piece in the exhibition is an absolute jewel,” said Jennifer Casler Price, curator of Asian, African and Ancient American art at the Kimbell Art Museum. “This show is a wonderful opportunity to explore a concentrated and superb selection of outstanding artworks from one of the greatest collections in the world.”

“Within the range of themes, cultures, periods and styles that are represented, there is something of wonder and discovery for everyone—whether you’re familiar with Asian art or are seeing these fascinating and remarkable works for the first time,” Casler Price noted.

Emphasizing beauty, the balance between ingenuity and tradition, and an awareness of the faiths its objects represent, Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society manifests the dynamic ideas and philosophies that animate the many histories of Asian art. At the same time, it attests to the Rockefellers’ vision of promoting deep cross-cultural understanding through direct encounters with astonishing works of art.

The Rockefeller 3rd Collection

When John D. Rockefeller 3rd and his wife, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, began collecting Asian art in the years after World War II, they chose to prioritize classical masterpieces that represented the great technical skill and creative breadth of Asian artistic practice. From the start, the couple believed that sharing this grouping of exceptional artworks with the public could act as a catalyst for increasing understanding of Asian cultures and create the foundation for future economic and sociopolitical engagement between the United States and the countries of Asia. They selected objects from across the continent—Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam—ranging from everyday food wares to imperial dining vessels and from ceremonial Buddhist statuary to private devotional Hindu sculptures. These artworks come from a range of cultural contexts and reflect the diversity of Asia and its vast artistic achievements.

Buddhist Sculpture

John D. Rockefeller 3rd was raised in homes where his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, sought to recreate the atmosphere she had admired during her travels to Asia, particularly the serene balance of Buddhist temples. The opening section of the exhibition, Buddhist Sculpture, includes works that capture the beauty and compassionate ideals embodied by the Buddhist art of Asia.

Superb South Asian bronzes and stone sculptures of the ancient region of Gandhara, the Gupta period and the Pala period demonstrate styles that had a profound impact on the arts of East and Southeast Asia, as Buddhism was transmitted across the continent, from India in the south to Japan in the north, over hundreds of years. Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Thai, Cambodian, Chinese and Japanese works reflect both these stylistic traditions and transformations. A splendid stone head of a Buddha fashioned in the late second to early third century by sculptors in Gandhara is a classic example of the earliest images of the Buddha, with almost Grecian facial features that reflect Gandhara’s status as a crossroads where East met West.

Hindu Sculpture

Rockefeller was equally drawn to the sensual aesthetic of Hindu sculpture. Another section of the exhibition, Hindu Sculpture, features a number of outstanding pieces the Rockefellers acquired from India and Cambodia Among the striking selection of five Chola-period bronzes is a magnificent image of the Hindu god Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja), dating to around 970. Exemplary among several monumental Southeast Asian sculptures is a Khmer sandstone image of a four-armed Shiva that features the smooth body and fine details found in the best carved figures of the Angkor period, from the late 10th or early 11th century.

 

Ceramics and Metalwork

The collectors shared wide-ranging tastes, which the Ceramics and Metalwork section of the exhibition will reveal. Like his father, John D. Rockefeller 3rd passionately collected Chinese porcelains, particularly from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty (1662–1722), though the son formed a broader appreciation of East Asian ceramics than had the father. An impeccable blue-and-white 15th-century flask decorated with dragons epitomizes the finest porcelains used at the Ming court as gifts from the emperor to his attendants and to foreign rulers and dignitaries.

Demonstrating the Rockefellers’ diverse but discerning taste in Japanese ceramics, sophisticated Arita wares represent some of the most esteemed Japanese porcelains ever exported to the West, and Mino wares and Kyoto wares reflect aesthetics tied to the tea ceremony. One remarkable example, a large tea-leaf storage jar decorated with a group of crows, can be attributed to Nonomura Ninsei, one of only a handful of 17th-century potters whose name is now known.

Rounding out this section of the exhibition, a splendid Chinese bronze food vessel (gui) from the sixth century BC and an elegant seventh-to-eighth-century Tang dynasty silver stem cup represent high points of the metalworking tradition in China. These two objects reveal both local innovations and the stylistic impact of international exchange of goods and ideas, the timehonored concepts the Rockefellers endeavored to emphasize through their collecting of Asian art.

 

EXHIBITION CREDITS

This exhibition is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Asia Society Museum. The national tour of the exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, NBC 5 and PaperCity.

TICKETS

Admission to Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for ages 6–11, and free for children under 6. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Tickets are $3 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and all family members present with a valid SNAP Card. Additional discounts do not apply. Reduced admission tickets are available with valid ID exclusively at the museum box office. Tickets are available at the museum box office and on the museum’s website, kimbellart.org.

 

CATALOGUE

A fully illustrated catalogue written by Adriana Proser, the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum and the former John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art at Asia Society Museum, will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue is available for $50 in hardcover at the Museum Shops or online at kimbellart.org.

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By Malcolm Mayhew  

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Formerly known as the Near Southside ZIPZONE, the rideshare service will continue to include access to the hospitals and facilities within the Medical District and popular destinations along Magnolia Avenue, plus grocery stores and other businesses throughout the south side.  

Riders get zipped around in black luxury vans. Emblazoned with the word “ZIPZONE,” they’re hard to miss  

Launched by Trinity Metro last year, ZIPZONE is an on-demand rideshare program that offers riders a local alternative to Lyft and Uber. It works in a similar way: Users download the ZIPZONE app onto their smart phones, add a credit or debit card for payment, then select their destination.  

Unlike Lyft and Uber, whose rates fluctuate, fares are a flat $3 per person per ride. Rides are limited to trips between designated “zones,” such as the Fort Worth Zoo and the Near Southside.   

The service is ideal for early risers and night owls alike, operating 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. to midnight Thursday-Saturday.   

Day, week and monthly passes are available, too, and if you’re planning on doing a lot of zipping, they’re a good bargain. Unlimited ride passes are $5 a day. A seven-day pass is $25. A 31-day pass is $80. Bonus perk: All three passes are good for unlimited rides and transfers between TEXRail, Trinity Metro bus routes and TRE’s west zone. 

Riders are asked to follow COVID-related guidelines, including wearing a mask or face covering for the duration of their rides; washing or sanitizing hands before touching door handles; maintaining social distancing guidelines by riding in the backseats of vehicles; and staying home if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.  

For a limited time, Trinity Metro is offering two free rides to new users with the promo code FTWWEB  

ZIPZONE rides are also available in Crowley, Alliance Airport and north Fort Worth. For rides in those areas, please visit ridetrinitymetro.org or call 817-215-8600.   

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Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo | 2021

As you plan your Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Fort, you might want to know the special significance that Fort Worth had in Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo in 1862. NOTHING

We could reach and find a significance or a degree of separation between Fort Worth and the Battle of Puebla, but why?  Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2021 with a bit of hope in the air.  We can see a glimpse of normalcy in the future, WUFW invites you to approach Cinco De Mayo with extra vigor and fortitude in 2021.  Let’s use Cinco de Mayo as our opportunity to drown all of our COVID memories.

We at What’s Up Fort Worth cannot think of a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a frosty cold margarita from one of the Fort’s favorite eateries or bars.

Here’s the Top 10 List and More.  Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo | 2021 As you plan your Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Fort, you might want to know the special significance that Fort Worth had in Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo in 1862. NOTHING We could reach and...

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